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May celebrates the anniversary of the Chicago Torske Klub-founded May 1960

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If you ever find yourself in Chicago the second Saturday of the month,  and you have a craving for some Torsk, the solution may be a visit to the Chicago Torske Klub. - Stavanger Aftenblad - 26 May 2006

Welcome to the Chicago Torske Klub Web Site at torskeklub.org! It's good to be in Chicago on the second Saturday of the month.  We will update this monthly for current events and dinner meeting news.

September 8, 2018 - Reconvene for Lunch after Summer Break

Our first luncheon of the 2018-2019 season will start on September 8, 2018. Enjoy your summer and put the date on your calendar. The program will be announced later.

May 12, 2018 - Author Eric Dregni

Eric Dregni is the author of 18 books including Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America, Weird Minnesota, Never Trust a Thin Cook, Let’s Go Fishing!, and most recently You’re Sending Me Where? Dispatches from Summer Camp about his experience running one of the Concordia Language Villages. As a Fulbright fellow to Norway, he survived a dinner of rakfisk (fermented fish) thanks to 80-proof aquavit, took the “meat bus” to Sweden for cheap salami with a busload of knitting pensioners, and compiled the stories in In Cod We Trust: Living the Norwegian Dream. He is a freelance journalist for the Lake Minnetonka Magazine, StarTribune, Salon.com and the Norwegian-American Weekly.

He is Professor of English & Journalism at Concordia St. Paul and, in the summer, dean of the Italian Concordia Language Village, Lago del Bosco. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, three kids, and an Australian shepherd named Bacco.

This was the month of our Chicago Torske Klub anniversary, which we celebrate by dressing down to a golf shirt, or Torske Klub shirt.

April 14, 2018 - Are Nordic People the Happiest in the World?

The April Luncheon answered that question for us. Why are the Nordic people measured year after year as the happiest in the world? Our speaker addressed this at the luincheon on April 14 with his presentation: “We should have more people from Norway.” You may recall that President Trump made this statement after meeting with the Prime Minister of Norway. We will look at several international rankings to compare Norway to the United States.

Charles Peterson is Executive Director of the Center for Scandinavian Studies and Professor of Communication Arts at North Park University in Chicago. He received his PhD in Radio-TV-Film from Northwestern University in 1992. After teaching for seven years in Sweden and Norway, he returned to North Park University in 1993. His research interests include Sami culture and media, ownership and control of media corporations, and globalization. Dr. Peterson represents North Park University to the Scandinavian-American communities of Chicago and the entire United States.

Our torskemaster this month was Fred Glure.

March 10, 2018 - Father, Son, Daughter Day - Forging the Viking Sword

Our featured speaker this month was Richard Furrer from Door County Forgeworks, the blacksmith featured on PBS show Nova - Secrets of the Viking Sword showing the making of Ulfberht sword. Not only Mr. Furrer was present, but the Northwestern University professor, Greg Olson, who developed the steel alloy based on viking swords also attended and gave a 10-15 minute introduction leading to Furrer's presentation.

Torske Klub Members - January 2018

The NEW reservation line as of Sept. 2017 is (847)886-4841   Leave a message with reservations noting name, member number and number of reservataions.
Alternately, send an email to reservations @torskeklub.com

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Future Events

Future events are our Saturday luncheons, every 2nd Saturday of every month that contains the letter "R", plus May.


Meeting dates and reservation deadlines are here.
Note to all Torske Klub Members:

By resolution of the Board of Directors, the Torske Klub will provide a single, free raffle ticket to all members who bring one or more guests to a meeting, excluding father/son and ladies day.

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